2020 Summer Home Tour- Part III The Sunroom

Happy Saturday, friends! Hope your weekend is off to a great start! Today I’m continuing on with my 2020 summer home tour. This time, we’ll peek into my sunroom.

I always think of my decorating as being rather eclectic, and I’m definitely embracing a mish-mash style in the sunroom this year. It’s a bit patriotic, with Americana touches…

…but I’m also throwing some other summer vibes in the decor this year, too.

Like these sweet prim bumblebees all tucked into a basket. And still some of my cross-stitch pillow tucks I made this spring. I’ve been enjoying them too much to put away. So out they stay.

In June, the shop where I work got in some adorable lemon picks and bowl fillers, and I couldn’t resist bringing some home. At first I thought they should be put away until next spring, but then I decided why not mix them into the summer decor?

That silly Uncle Sam doll is one of my most favorite prims I’ve ever made. The little Sam to his right was made by my Missy Nik, so of course he steals the show. They were a project from several years back during my crafty play days phase.

I added the faux lemons to this wire basket, and filled around the table with other yellow things. Some of my precious Lori Mitchell figurines. A quirky sailor duck bobble-head. And my own summer sweet corn tucks that are still listed in my AudOnes Shop.

More Americana tucked all around my favorite chair.

Lots of red, white, and blue filling my vintage laundry cart, antique earthenware crock, and vintage apple basket.

And of course, my Finley Boo, always keeping his eye on the goings-on.

I finished another cross-stitch piece last month. A nautical stitch that I absolutely adore. I don’t have enough sticky board right now to fully finish the framing, so for now, this will do.

Go Wolfpack! Nik will be a senior at NCSU this year. Can you believe that?

Hand-painted log firecrackers…. another project from by-gone crafty play days. And more of my beloved Lori Mitchell figures.

As I mentioned, a real mish-mash of summer pieces in my sunroom this year. But there’s no rules when it comes to decorating. Just follow your heart and enjoy what you love. ❤

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have an amazing weekend, friends!


2020 Summer Home Tour- Part II Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to the USA!
Hello friends, and happy 4th of July to you! Hope this lovely Saturday finds you doing well. Today I thought we’d pick up again on my 2020 summer home tour, this time making a stop in another patriotic area of the house, the living room.

I have been so lucky to have collected some rather large Americana pieces over the years, and the big expanse of my mantel always seems the perfect location for these. The Bethany Lowe Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty figurines I have are a good two feet tall and I love how they fill in the space of the mantel. This area really needs something tall.

You all know that I’m a sucker for chippy old things and handmade prims, so this silly folk art doll is one of my all-time favorites. Doesn’t get much more quirky than him.

I’ve filled Uncle Sam’s arms with a little wooden painted sign and a pair of stick flags. Uncle Dolly is holding an eagle by Jim Shore. The large canisters look old, but are really brand new. Just love that vintage clip art.

I’ve always adored needlework, and now that I’ve started up cross stitch again this year, these two framed pieces make me a bit weak in the knees. Such a labor of love.

Miss Liberty and another folk art carved wooden Sam. More flags and a stack of paper mache drums.

Oh, hello! Surprise! It’s little Finley Boo. My constant shadow and companion. Now a year and a half old!

I love this vintage basket, and how perfect it is for piling and bundling. In here I have more paper mache boxes and a wooden flag, and more vintage clip art. The blue blanket is my brother’s baby quilt, made by my grandmother many years ago. The raggedy stitching next to the quilt is a patriotic cross stitch piece I started, but never finished, when I was very very young. All that’s left to do is stitch the field of stars on the flag, but the printing has long worn off of the fabric and the little x’s are no longer visible. But somehow, it feels right to me to leave it as I left it all those decades ago.

And of course, more of those adorable little Lori Mitchell characters.

Happy 4th, everyone! Where ever your adventures may take you today, I hope you enjoy the journey!

2020 Summer Home Tour- Part I

Hello friends, happy Monday! Here we are at the end of June already, with the 4th of July right around the corner and summer well underway. Definitely time to start sharing my summer home tour. Today I thought we’d start in my dining room.

I know things are very different this year with everything that is happening in the world around us. So now, perhaps more than ever, is the perfect time to make our homes as cheery and cozy as possible. For me, the summer months are all about patriotic and nautical decor, mixed in with lots of red, white, and blue.

On my dining room table, I’ve spread a vintage embroidered tablecloth and stacked the center with a large wooden tray filled with lots of fun things. A pile of vintage and patriotic linens, a floral stem, vintage glassware and an old strawberry jar that belonged to my grandmother. And a pair of my beloved Lori Mitchell figurines.

On the antique sideboard is more figures and my collection of vintage red and blue transferware dishes.

As most of you know by now, I really like to bundle. So I try to add in lots of containers that are perfect for stacking, bundling, and piling.

The bottom row has an antique scale and toolbox that can hold many things. I’ve stacked both with transferware and linens. The toolbox has some Americana paper fans and a few other wee treasures.

The metal piece in the center row is a vintage chicken feeder. The red box on the left is an old metal lunchbox that was in my dad’s family when he was a kid.

On the top is a vintage Coca-Cola crate and an ironstone tray, also perfect for holding stacks of goodies.

As you know, I started up cross-stitching again this year after many year’s break, and so I’m always drawn to stitchy things. These tiny round pieces were a find from a thrift store. I got a whole bag of them for only $1. Unfortunately there were only a couple of the months of the year in the bag, and only one little fruit. I know it’s not July yet…. but it’s close enough.

The summer scene behind the stitching is a card that my mother just sent me that has a wonderful ocean view.

You may notice that I don’t match my dishes. I just love a mishmash of them all!

The dining room definitely has a patriotic flair, while other areas of the house have a distinct beach vibe. I’ll share more of that another day.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be well!


Patriotic DIY Decor with Therm O Web

You all know by now that I just can’t let a holiday go by without a little seasonal decorating to go along. And as tomorrow is the 4th of July celebration here in the States, I wanted to share a super quick and easy DIY framed decor project that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog.

This American flag frame blends in perfectly with my summer-themed patriotic decor, and I love how easy it was to put together using some basic supplies that you may already have on hand. The frame itself is an old cheapie that I picked up at my local thrift store, with just such a project in mind. I removed the glass and gave the wood a quick whitewash of paint, then made a DIY fabric canvas using the chipboard backing that comes with the frame.

The stars and stripes were masked using dies from the GinaK Designs line and Purple Tape. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial, including some tips for creating the masks, up on the Therm O Web blog if you’d like to learn more.

I hope all my friends and family in the States have a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Any special plans in the works? I’ve got both of my college kids home this week, so this ol’ mama is celebrating big!

Fourth of July Sale

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STICH RECTANGLE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18012Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTherm O Web - iCraft - Repositionable Adhesive - Pixie Spray For Stencils - 3.8 OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 0.5 Inches x 15 YardsTherm O Web FabricFuse LIQUID GLUE Adhesive 9075*



All American 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to my friends and family here in the States! May your day be filled with fireworks and fun in celebration of this great country of ours!

As you all know by now, I don’t like to let a holiday pass without a bit of seasonal decorating. And that is especially true for the 4th, when I deck my house out in Americana for the summer. Today I have one last patriotic home decor project to share that I made with Photo Play Paper’s adorable Red, White, & Blue collection. And I thought we could take a wee house tour while we were at it, too.

The Red, White, & Blue collection has really fabulous printed journaling cards, which make really easy home decor projects, like this cute 5×7 altered desk frame. I gave the frame a quick whitewash and sanding, and then added a thin line of patterned paper trim around the inside edge of the frame. The 4×6 journaling card was dressed up with a few cardstock stickers and embellished with Ranger crackle paste and ink in all four corners, then layered with a pair of patterned papers. I like to remove the glass from frames so that I can build up depth with lots of foam adhesive without any limitations.

Best thing about small frame projects is that they can fit in just about anywhere. This one is on top of my antique butler’s chest in the sunroom, along with lots of other patriotic pieces collected or passed down through the years. I hope you enjoy taking a little peek.

The rest of the sunroom.

And into the living room.

And finally, the dining room. Which this year took on a cross between Americana and the beachy blues I used in the front entryway.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Holiday!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Let Freedom Ring with Photo Play Paper

It’s 4th of July week for us here in the States.  A time for picnics and barbecues, fireworks and family, and all things red, white, and blue.

You all know by now that I am a big fan of all the holidays, and rarely let one go by without a little seasonal home decorating. Today I wanted to share one of my DIY home decor projects with you, 3D paper firecrackers. And if you are on Photo Play Paper’s email list, you would have received all the how-to’s for constructing these in your inbox last week. If not, keep reading for more details on that.

Photo Play’s Red, White, & Blue collection is perfect for creating that vintage Americana look that I love so well. I kept the vintage style going with a bit of ruffled crepe paper and lots of shabby brown ink around the edges. Reminds me of old paper ornaments and decorations from years gone by.

I am always happy to find projects that require very few supplies, and better yet, can be made from things you already have on hand.  These paper firecrackers are super simple, and that’s a big plus, too. And they are easy enough to make in bulk to dress up a holiday table or give away as party favors… even last minute as it is.

The key to these is strong adhesive! Score-tape or red-line tape, and lots of hot glue. If you missed out on the directions, and would like to give these a try, you can download the complete instructions HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends. Hope you have a wonderful week! Any big holiday plans for the 4th?

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web - Super Tape - Double Sided Tape Roll - 1/2 Inch x 6 yardsAmerican Crafts - Adhesives - Glue Gun - Sticky Thumb - Cordless Hot Glue Gun

White Crepe Paper
Hemp Twine
Wooden Chopsticks, Skewers, or Sticks
White Acrylic Paint

Tons of Fun with My Favorite Things

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Today I have a quick and easy card to share, made with those adorable elephants by My Favorite Things.

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Way back in March, I got the chance to play with a friend’s stamps and markers at our crafty gals beach retreat. I spent one whole day practicing coloring with the Zig Clean Color markers, and made lots of sweet and simple cards with the images I colored. This is the last of them. A cutie pie little birthday card, featuring a cutie patootie elephant and his butterfly friends.

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I had only a couple of old 6×6 paper pads with me at the time, so I kept the design simple. Just a bit of cloud print for the sky, and a green border for grass. Tried watercoloring with the Zig markers for a soft pastel look.

AudreyPettit MFT WishingYouCard2
I still haven’t pulled the trigger and purchased the markers for myself…. but one of these days, my friends. One of these days…. 😀

I’m adjusting to a quiet house now that my parents have gone home. And today my kiddos are heading out on some summer adventures of their own. So it shall be a very quiet holiday weekend for me. Time for me to catch up a bit, and pop around to say hello.

From my holiday house to yours

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I hope that all of you in the states have a very happy 4th of July weekend!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Bazzill Basics - Bulk Textured Cardstock Pack - 25 Sheets - 12 x 12 - WhiteMy Favorite Things ADORABLE ELEPHANTS Clear Stamps BB28My Favorite Things ADORABLE ELEPHANTS DIe-Namics MFT814Zig CLEAN COLOR 60 SET Real Brush RB6000AT60VRanger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468

BasicGrey Sun Kissed 6×6 Paper Pad

Some Serious Summer Fun with Photo Play Paper

Hello Crafty Friends! Happy Wednesday!

Recently I had the great pleasure of creating some projects for Photo Play Paper using their new summer lines. And today I have a bright and happy home decor frame to share, featuring their adorable pool-side collection, Summer Daydreams.

AudreyPettit PPP SummerDaydreams SummerFunFrame
This long skinny desk frame is a favorite of mine, and was an absolute steal at about a dollar at my local junk shop. The dark wood didn’t quite fit my shabby junk style, so I painted and sanded the frame, and now it suits me well. I like it so much, in fact, that I keep swapping out the insides to fit with the holiday or season. And since we are in full-on summer mode these days, I changed out my frame to this happy summer scene.

AudreyPettit PPP SummerDaydreams SummerFunFrame2
Summer Daydreams has the perfect patterned papers for an outdoors garden scene. I placed the sunburst print for sky, and added a fringed border of green grass below. Then a bit of die cuts for the clouds.

AudreyPettit PPP SummerDaydreams SummerFunFrame3
I made some teeny tiny poles to hold the clothesline, and snipped apart the flip flop sticker to fit. Some bitty twine bows and sentiment sticker finish my scene.

I have had the absolute joy of having my parents here visiting for the entire month of June. It’s been so wonderful having a full house, but as all things inevitably do end, today they are heading home. I took a little bloggy break on Monday so that I could spend every last moment we had together. And we have had some wonderful moments. By my count, we have managed to

Bake three pies
Build 7 puzzles
Plant 17 new flowers
Play countless games of Dominoes and Yahtzee
and decorate my house for summer

AudreyPettit Summer2016Mantel
Here’s a peek at my mantel, done up this year in rustic, woodsy style with my stick stars and flag, and lots of earthy browns.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I owe you all some bloggy visits. I’ll be around soon!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

PhotoPlay Paper - Summer Daydreams Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsAmerican Crafts - Hemp Twine - Rosebud3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent

Cloud Border Die: Taylored Expressions

Main Street Parade with Photo Play Paper

Happy Monday, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Recently I had the great pleasure of creating some projects for Photo Play Paper using their new summer lines. Today I wanted to share a fun home decor project I made with their adorable patriotic Americana collection, Main Street Parade.

AudreyPettit PPP MainStreetParade ParadeHanging

Main Street Parade is all about summer celebrations, like picnics, barbecues, and of course the 4th of July. In my neck of the woods, no 4th of July celebration is complete without our annual downtown parade. The sights and sounds of which I tried to capture in this small town Americana wall hanging.

AudreyPettit PPP MainStreetParade ParadeHanging2
Once again, my patriotic scene is made up of a variety of fun Main Street Parade cardstock stickers. I placed some directly onto the background paper, and popped up the rest with foam adhesive to give a sense of depth and space. Light inking creates the look of a bright blue sky.

AudreyPettit PPP MainStreetParade ParadeHanging3
I added several layers of patterned papers to frame my scene, and placed all onto a base made of painted recycled cardboard for my favorite shabby look.

This is definitely putting me in the mood for some summer fun. How about you?

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

PhotoPlay MAIN STREET PARADE 12 x 12 Collection Pack MS2220Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassTim Holtz Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDD36425Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT409653M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent

New Additions to the Summer Shop

Happy Wednesday!

My friends, I owe you all such a huge thank you! Opening week of my new AudOnes Prims Summer Shop has been a huge success, and that is all because of YOU!

AudOnesPrims Pirates
It’s been an amazing week. And the shop is a little empty. So today I have a few new additions to add, and of course I wanted to share them here with all of you. There’s more art dolls, and some patriotic Americana, too. All special one-of-a-kinds. Starting with a couple of silly pirate monster dolls. I hope you enjoy!

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I have such a soft spot for the little monsters. These guys are ready for some adventures at sea.

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And if you like a bit of the red, white, and blue in your summer decor, I have a couple of new pillow tucks for you.

AudOnesPrims ButtonStarPillow

These new goodies are now available in my shop. Thank you, friends! Hope you have a wonderful day!